In this article, we discuss why you should apply to O&G training, how to build your portfolio & we detail the application process. O&G is a 7 year run-through programme, incorporating a core curriculum with ultrasound training & there are plenty of opportunities to subspecialise.
Why apply to Obstetrics and Gynaecology (O&G)?
How to build your portfolio
A key aim is to show dedication to the speciality and then reflect what lessons or skills you’ve learnt or can demonstrate that are transferrable to O&G:
- Use opportunities to undertake audit/ QIP relating to women’s health (One way to get involved is by sending an email to consultants/doctors to find out about possible projects whilst at university)
- Taster activities in O&G
- Develop transferrable skills relevant to O&G
- Attend local careers fairs or RCOG run events to gain more understanding of the speciality
- Submit applications for RCOG prizes and awards for Foundation Doctors
- If taking a gap year – locum / clinical fellow post in O&G (ensure you have no more than 18 months total experience)
- Could consider sitting Part 1 MRCOG prior to applying (not required before starting ST1 but demonstrates commitment to the speciality)
- Familiarise yourself with the RCOG ST1 Person Specification. If you are interested in finding person specifications for any other specialties, you can also find them here.
The Application Process
O&G Speciality training is a 7 year run through training programme:
Application is via Oriel and managed by Health Education England (HEE):
- Applications open Mid-Late November – online application form
- Standardised longlisting process
- Multi-Speciality Recruitment Assessment (MSRA)* – Early January – (25% of interview score)
- 3 station interview – Late January/ Early February – (75% of interview score)
- Offers made in March
- Ranking of deaneries/allocation of specific posts
- Posts commence in August
*Multi-Speciality Recruitment Assessment (MSRA) is also done in GP / psychiatry recruitment etc. It is sat at a driving test centre and performed on a computer under test conditions.
Interviews (pre-COVID) are held at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester. It is made up of 3 x 15 minute stations including:
- Traditional interview panel
- Communication station – roleplay with an actor
- Clinical prioritisation station
You can find further information on recruitment including timelines/person specification/vacancy numbers/application guides here.
Written by Dr Amber Wilson (ST4 O&G)
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